ATLC revival on right track, Bunge told

20Apr 2016
Bilham Kimati
The Guardian
ATLC revival on right track, Bunge told

TOURISTS choosing Tanzania as the best destination will arrive in the country with much ease as the government outlined comprehensive plans to resuscitate Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL).

Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communiation, Eng. Edwin Ngonyani

Among the immediate plans include purchase of four medium distance planes to be followed by purchase of larger aircrafts for long distance destinations including Europe and the Far East.

Responding to a basic question by Joyce Sokombi, MP (Special Seats – Musoma) who wanted to know when Musoma Airport would be upgraded to meet international standards, Deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communiation, Eng. Edwin Ngonyani said improvement of airport infrastructure was a national undertaking which includes several airports set for massive improvement.

“Musoma airport is among the airfields set for improvement. These include airports in Iringa, Njombe, Songea, Kindi Kilwa Masoko, Tanga, Moshi, Lake Manyara, Singida and another new airport to be constructed in Simiyu region,” Ngonyani said.

On the immediate plans to revive ATCL, the deputy minister said two airplanes with 78 seat capacity would be purchased shortly to improve domestic air services as well as for the East African region.

“This will be followed by the purchase of two more aircrafts with the capacity of between 120 and 155 passengers to make flights to South Africa, West Africa, the Gulf and India. Larger planes will be bought in due time as well,” he said.

Full implementation of the plan, added the deputy minister, would enhance smooth arrival of tourists visiting the country without having to make stopovers in other countries.

In the recent past, President John Magufuli expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of ATCL which he said required total overhaul to the convenience of air service users.